Friday, August 03, 2007

Another Blast From The Past

Paul McCartney has made a name as the most successful of all of the Beatles, after their break-up in 1970. Not that the others weren't, but if you ask me, he was by far the one with the most talent.

Many of us remember the songs he made famous in the post-Beatles era with his band called Wings. I doubt anyone could forget tunes like Maybe I'm Amazed, Silly Love Songs, Live And Let Die, or the many other hits he crafted with his wife Linda (and former Moody Blues lead guitarist and singer, Denny Laine).

But in my humble opinion, his best work came after that period. Not that the Beatles and Wings weren't good mind you, but his experience working with other highly talented musicians has finally come to fruition; and it shows in these masterful pieces.

So this weekend PYY features some of his more obscure, recent work.

One such song is from his 1993 release Off The Ground and the song is a spectacular blend of music and songwriting. Here is the live version of Hope Of Deliverance (turn this one up, you may even want to listen to this one twice):



Next up is a song from 1998's Flaming Pie release; it, too, is the live version and features only three instruments. But do not let that dissuade you from listening to it. It's musical art in its purest form and was featured in a movie by the same title. Here is Vanilla Sky:



From the same album comes a song so good that if the Beatles were still together, you would wonder if this is what they'd sound like, today. And why wouldn't it? George Martin produced it. Also, in the video, you'll notice a certain drummer that makes it so. See if you can guess who it is, as he doesn't show up until towards the end (hint, he's not the young one you see occasionally). Here is Beautiful Night:



I was able to see Sir Paul in concert a few years back (2002, I think). It was truly an experience I will never forget and probably the best show I have ever seen in my life. And I say this knowing I have seen some damned good shows, in my day. Just before the opening of the concert, the energy level was so high with expectation building up from the moment you knew he was about to come out. Just his mere shadow was enough to bring an air of intense anticipation. And let me say emphatically, he did not disappoint.

Here is his opening song on that tour, it needs no introduction:



Enjoy.

5 comments:

A.C. McCloud said...

I thought his performance at the Super Bowl two years ago was excellent. Most of those halftime shows are disappointing, like the Rolling Stones for example.

BTW, "Hope of Deliverance" wasn't a political song, was it? :-)

LASunsett said...

AC,

I hear you on the Super Bowl performance. The Stomes couldn't hold a candle to McCartney as far as their performances are concerned. (and I do like the Stones.)

//Hope of Deliverance" wasn't a political song, was it? :-)//

Well, here are the lyrics. You can be the judge. To me, it sounds like a hopeful love song.

Hope Of Deliverance

I Will Always Be Hoping, Hoping.
You Will Always Be Holding, Holding
My Heart In Your Hand. I Will Understand.

I Will Understand Someday, One Day.
You Will Understand Always,
Always From Now Until Then.

When It Will Be Right, I Don't Know.
What It Will Be Like, I Don't Know.
We Live In Hope Of Deliverance From The Darkness That Surrounds Us.

Hope Of Deliverance, Hope Of Deliverance.
Hope Of Deliverance From The Darkness That Surrounds Us.

And I Wouldn't Mind Knowing, Knowing
That You Wouldn't Mind Going, Going Along With My Plan.

When It Will Be Right, I Don't Know.
What It Will Be Like, I Don't Know.
We Live In Hope Of Deliverance From The Darkness That Surrounds Us.

Hope Of Deliverance, Hope Of Deliverance.
Hope Of Deliverance From The Darkness That Surrounds Us.

Hope Of Deliverance, Hope Of Deliverance.
Hope Of Deliverance From The Darkness That Surrounds Us.

Hope Of Deliverance, Hope Of Deliverance.
Hope Of Deliverance From The Darkness That Surrounds Us.

Hope Of Deliverance, Hope Of Deliverance.
Hope Of Deliverance From The Darkness That Surrounds Us.

Rocket said...

My life is complete. I saw Paul and Wings at Bercy in Paris (first row seats) in 1990 or was it 89. Anyway who's counting anymore.

I just need to meet Ringo now as I'll have to wait to meet John and George.

rocket said...

PS - Went to Liverpool a couple of years ago and a little bird was following my wife and I to the Beatles museum on the port. It was John!

Rocket said...

the byrds another great one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDr07b31a3Y